Essay on America And The Great War

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America and the Great War
The World War I was fought between 1914 until the end of 1918 and was concentrated mainly in the European territory. It is known as the Great War due to the involvement of the world’s great powers around the world which grouped in two opposing coalitions: The Central Powers, and the Allies. The triggering cause of the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austria-Hungarian throne, by a Serbian nationalist group called Black Hand. This led to Austria-Hungary Empire to declare war on Serbia, which marked the start of the Great War. Even though the assassination of the Archduke was the trigger to start the war, there were other several precipitating factors that contributed to the worldwide war. The buildup of nationalism, imperialism, and militarism were the leading causes of the WWI, and the role of the dominant powers like the America’s involvement was decisive at ending the war.
WWI: The Forces of Imperialism, Nationalism, and Militarism
Imperialism
According to Cornell, Keene & O’Donnell (2016), imperialism is defined as “colonizing foreign nations and lands, relied primarily on business, political, and military structures rather than settlers to rule colonized peoples and exploit their resources” (pg. 562). After the Spanish War, as the United States was creating the colonial empire in the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, the Europeans colonized most of Africa and Asia and all or part of other continents. During…

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